French marigolds (Tagetes patula) typically reach a few feet tall, with a loosely bushy habit. They start flowering in early summer and continue until frost. The flowers are small compared to the size of the plant, but there is a pleasing balance between the colorful blooms and the rich green foliage.
‘Cinnabar’ is a strain that originated at Great Dixter, with deep red petals rimmed in golden orange. I have purchased seed of ‘Cinnabar’ three times from what I consider to be reputable UK sources, and each time, most of the flowers look like that; some, however, are a bit more orange, and a few are yellow, particularly later in the summer—all on plants that are consistently around 3 feet tall. Because of the variation in color, I was calling it ‘Supposedly Cinnabar’, but I feel pretty sure that this is the true strain, so I’m now selling it simply as ‘Cinnabar’. Full sun. Annual.
Harvested in August and September 2021. At least 15 seeds.
Please read the germination information as well before ordering.